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Ecosystem Processes: Tropical Ecosystems Restoration of Ecosystem Processes: "Ecosystem restoration is an activity at which everyone wins: when successful, we are rewarded by having returned a fragment of the earth's surface to its former state; when we fail, we learn an immense amount about how ecosystems work, provided we are able to determine why the failure occurred."
The American experiment has been rife with pretty disastrous ecological choices -- clearcutting the nation's ancient forests, basing our transportation system on the internal combustion engine, subsidizing the Post-War wave of suburban sprawl -- but right up near the top of the list has been factory farming of the High Plains. (much more...) In the last fifty years, farming has been transformed from the kind of family enterprise we all remember from our children's books to a full-blown industrial resource extraction industry.
The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. The Institute offers short-term workshops and two-year certificate courses in biomimicry for professionals, and helps to develop and share resources including biomimicry-related K-12 and university curricula used in a range of educational venues, from K-12 classrooms to universities, as well as informal settings such as zoos, aquariums and museums. The Institute also serves as a resource for biological researchers around the world and a clearinghouse for their insights, data, and reports. The Institute was founded in 2006 by science writer and consultant Janine Benyus in response to overwhelming interest in the subject following the publication of her book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature .